Jordan birdwatching and antiquities
March/April 2020 (one space currently available)
Jordan is home to some of the most iconic ruins in the Mediterranean world at Petra, and the site of extraordinary events in WWI when Lawrence of Arabia turned the tables on his Turkish adversaries. It is also a place for some very good and varied birdwatching. The habitat ranges from the dryness of the desert, to wet marshland, from the edges of the Dead Sea to the shores of the Red Sea, around excellent Roman ruins to important Biblical sites. A distinguishing feature of the country is that the Great Rift valley of East Africa runs from the south northwards through the country. We are very fortunate to have as our UK birder Ian Andrews who used to work as a geologist in Jordan, and produced the first comprehensive guide book to the birds of Jordan. The plan is to combine an understanding of the history and geology of this lovely country with its very interesting birdlife. The tour is led by Rufus Reade.
UK birder and geologist, Aqaba, Wadi Rum Desert, Petra Nabatean City, Dead Sea, Jerash Roman City, Mount Nebo,
Baptism site on the River Jordan and the Azraq Wetland reserve.